Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2022     Views: 12

Research metrics are quantitative tools used to help assess the quality and impact of research outputs.

They can be used to:

  • Track the performance of your research.
  • Provide evidence to support your claims in grant and promotions applications.
  • Identify suitable publishing outlets in strategic publishing plans.

Research metrics are available for use at the article, journal, and even author level. However, a single metric should never be considered in isolation as each metric only tells part of the story and has its own limitations.

Metrics fall into two broad categories:

  • Bibliometrics (Citation metrics): These metrics measure the performance of a publication, a publication source, or a researcher.
  • Alternative Metrics (Altmetrics): These are measurement tools used to demonstrate how your research outputs are being engaged with online, and complement the traditional citation-based metrics.

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